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Colon Cancer Prevention Guide

Apr 27, 2008
Colon cancer can kill you. I say it out right away to get this off the table. But I don't want to write about death. I'd rather write about prevention and what you can do TODAY to help reducing your risk of becoming sick with colon cancer. Of course, the best prevention is to detect colon cancer as soon as possible and then treat it accordingly before it starts spreading. Regular screenings for colon cancer, including detailed fecal occult blood tests, sigmoidoscopy and maybe even polyp removal, greatly reduce your risk of having a colorectal cancer. But these steps might not be an option for everyone. We all know how expensive healthcare is and that the health care insurances will not pay for everything that can be done and if they actually do pay - you are probably facing a significant deductible. Let's be honest - not everyone has the financial strength to for those deductibles.

But there are many other things you can do to lower your risk include the following:

Quit smoking. Smoking cigarettes has been clearly identified as causing cancer and has been linked to colon cancer, too. Don't think smoking would just cause lung cancer.

Increase your exercise and workout habits. Fitness is not only providing you with more energy, but it also helps to reduce the risk of becoming sick.

Take an aspirin or baby aspirin every day. Because of potential side effects, this is not recommended for everyone. Talk to your primary care physician first.

Eat healthy. Eat a variety of fruits and veggies every day. One apple a day keeps the doctor away, right!?

Reduce your weight. Don't take that growing belly for granted. It's not good for you. Ask your doctor for assistance and find out what your desired weight should be.

Overall a healthy lifestyle is your best weapon against any illness - not just cancer. Still, there are no guarantees. A family history of colon cancer can throw all these efforts out the window, but on the other exactly these efforts may help you to beat the odds and to fight off the cancer development.

Important: People of age 50 and higher carry a much higher risk of being diagnosed with colon cancer. Even if you do not go to recurring annual exams with your doctor, age 50 should trigger you to schedule a colon cancer screening and to actually go there. Believe it or not, but some people schedule the screening and then are afraid to go because of the results. Don't let this fear stop you. Ignorance will not help to fight off the illness.

Conclusion. Colon Cancer prevention is a 2 step process. Step one are those things you can do yourself and do not require any medical assistance. The second step is regular screening and testing. This is where you depend on having a good doctor and a good health insurance, too. In general from age 35 and up you should go to annual physicals. If possible start even earlier.
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